• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 7, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jun 8, 2012
    They've added a new element that makes it something I can finally (I'm sorry) sink my teeth into. They've added politics as blood sport.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 7, 2012
    Summer TV at its witty, riveting best.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 6, 2012
    A densely packed, well-paced gothic horror soap with surprisingly funny twists placed at the worst.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 14, 2012
    What starts out lean and mean can grow flabby and sentimental, and flaws can turn into handsome plot twists. Which is one reason to just bite down hard and go with the show.
  5. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jun 8, 2012
    Beneath the craziness and violence are some great character studies, meditations on the nature of humanity, clever social commentary, fun flashbacks to vampire lives in past centuries and, as always, cable-ready hard bodies.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 8, 2012
    True Blood is well on its way to staking its claim yet again as the summer guilty pleasure with TV's bawdiest bite.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 6, 2012
    Series creator Alan Ball and company have assembled a solid ensemble and instilled such a cheeky attitude the show remains great fun, and clearly benefits from being back on a better-directed course.
  8. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jun 8, 2012
    While politics come into play later, it is human emotions such as grief, regret and loss that fans can look forward to sinking their teeth into at the start of the season.
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 5, 2012
    The show is still crazily entertaining. [11 Jun 2012, p.41]
  10. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jun 8, 2012
    It's with much appreciation that I report that Season 5 of True Blood is not about the introduction of any new magical creatures (though the fairies are up to some B-story shenanigans), but the long-discussed Authority, the seven-member governing body of all vampires everywhere.
  11. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jun 8, 2012
    Silly doesn't even begin to describe most of what goes on in the first few episodes....And yet, like an addiction to free-range hemoglobin, there's something undeniably compelling about the characters, human and otherwise, in a series whose plotting grows more twisted every year.
  12. Reviewed by: Phillip Maciak
    Jun 11, 2012
    True Blood has never been a show with a conscience, so it's awkward watching it try to get one in a hurry.
  13. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 8, 2012
    There's still some fun to be had watching True Blood but it offers more soap than satire or social commentary these days.
  14. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jun 11, 2012
    The first four episodes of Season 5 find True Blood at its most directionless and meandering.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 142 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 30
  2. Negative: 14 out of 30
  1. Jun 13, 2012
    There are still too many characters to care about. This is what season 4 suffered from. I think they need to slow down a little bit and cut the number of storylines because the show has become too fast paced. Full Review »
  2. Jun 13, 2012
    An utterly unwatchable episode, filled with cheesy dialogue, recycled plot twists, and tired characters that no amount of gratuitous nudity on the part of the comely cast can overcome. Full Review »
  3. Jun 23, 2012
    This Show is based off a really good series of books. Season one was fantastic in sticking to the storyline. Now 4 seasons later in season 5 i use the therm "based" loosely. The Series has strayed from the original storyline and flew off in it's own direction. I'm NOT happy about it and don't wish to continue watching something that has gone so far from the original story. If you have seen the show but not read the books, don't read past book one. Full Review »